Posted by: DLF on May 04, 2012
More than 130 military and governmental leaders and medical researchers gathered yesterday at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. for a national summit on "Resilience, the Brain and Meditation." The meeting investigated the extensive scientific evidence and clinical experience using the Transcendental Meditation technique to promote resilience and overcome post-traumatic stress disorder among active-duty military personnel, veterans, and cadets.
The Summit was sponsored by Operation Warrior Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation, and hosted by Candy Crowley, the Emmy Award-winning host of CNN’s "State of the Union with Candy Crowley."
Speakers included W. Scott Gould, the deputy secretary at the Veterans Administration; Dr. Richard Schneider, the 23rd president of Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the country, where Transcendental Meditation is being studied as a tool to promote resilience among cadets; Norman Rosenthal, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School and author of the New York Times bestseller Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation; and Col. Brian Rees, M.D., M.P.H., Command Surgeon, 63rd Regional Support Command.
The Summit is receiving considerable positive media coverage, including:
Dr. John Hagelin, president of the David Lynch Foundation, who co-hosted the Summit with Candy Crowley and who reported on the positive effects of TM brain functioning, said the leadership in Washington is finally recognizing the benefits of Transcendental Meditation. "The problem of traumatic stress is so daunting, and the research on Transcendental Meditation is so compelling. It is gratifying to see our national leaders moving to adopt on a large scale this simple, effective technique for improving the resilience and health of the brave men and women who safeguard our country."